Ultra-competitive and saddled with the crippling uncertainty that comes with their post-basketball life, it's not an uncommon phenomenon to see an NBA player stretch his playing career too far.
The struggles of athletes transitioning to second careers are well-documented, so it's understandable that these players would want to hang on as long as possible. After all, it's not as if they'll wake up to another multi-million dollar job after they retire from the NBA.
Nevertheless, there comes a time when it's simply time to move on. Despite all the player's former prowess, he is no longer useful to any team outside of name recognition, and any squad that is giving him a shot is only doing so out of desperation or pity.
With that in mind, here's a look at a few NBA players who should call it quits before the 2012-13 NBA season begins.